The Band History

Our Humble Beginnings….

The idea of an All Girls’ Brass Band was first borne by the then Deputy President of the Old Teresian Association, Ms. Christina Foo in 1992. The idea was presented to Ms. Anna Dreba upon her appointment as the new principal of St. Teresa. At the same time, St. Teresa was also approached by International Music House (IMH) who was prepared to offer its services in training as they had been given the mandate to take charge of the Band Display for the 1993 National Day Parade that was hosted by Kuching, Sarawak.

A working paper for 50 members was set out with the total cost for training and instruments amounting to over RM 90,000. The fund was approved by the government and granted to St. Teresa in 1993. The instruments arrived in February and the first practice was held in March of the same year.

Since then, there was no turning back even though it was a great challenge to maintain and to keep the band going. In 1994, the little known St. Teresa Band entered the Annual City Day Brass Band Competition for the first time. Through sheer determination, the band emerged as champion. Since then, the band has received numerous invitations to perform at divisional, state and national level functions.

In April 1994, the band received its first batch of uniform. The uniform proudly displayed the school colour, beige and brown with a tinge of red. To give it a Sarawakian touch, traditional pua kumbu designs were added to the uniform. The uniform was worn for the first time during the Inter-School Sports Meet Kuching/Samarahan Division. In 1998, the band purchased a new set of uniform, slightly altered but still preserving the main pattern of the original design. Recently in 2005, the band purchased its third batch of uniform. The patterns were dropped but the colours of the school are still preserved.

Since 1993, the members of the band have played for many occasions together with other bands including those from Singapore. Due to its growing popularity, the band has attracted a huge number of members, making it one of the largest uniform body in St. Teresa. From its humble beginnings until today, the band owes a lot to dedicated members and teachers as well as instructors.

May the band continue to grow to be the best that it can be.

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